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Sound transmission system
8684132 Sound transmission system
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Inventor: Muller, et al.
Date Issued: April 1, 2014
Application:
Filed:
Inventors:
Assignee:
Primary Examiner: Warren; David
Assistant Examiner: Russell; Christina
Attorney Or Agent: RatnerPrestia
U.S. Class: 181/229; 123/184.53; 123/184.57
Field Of Search: ;181/229; ;123/184.57
International Class: F02M 35/00; F02M 35/10
U.S Patent Documents:
Foreign Patent Documents: 10114397; 10310487; 10310487; 102008002314; 2003262166
Other References: Search Report from priority application DE 10 2011 051 691.3, dated Mar. 22, 2012, with partial English translation. cited byapplicant.









Abstract: A sound transmission system of a motor vehicle, having an intake sound transmission device which can be coupled via a first tubular connecting element to an air intake manifold which leads to an internal combustion engine and via a second tubular connecting element to a vehicle interior, having a resonator device which interacts with the intake sound transmission device and can be coupled via a third tubular connecting element to the air intake manifold which leads to an internal combustion engine.
Claim: What is claimed:

1. A sound transmission system of a motor vehicle, comprising an intake sound transmission device that is coupled via a first tubular connecting element to an air intakemanifold which leads to an internal combustion engine and via a second tubular connecting element to a vehicle interior, and a resonator device which interacts with the intake sound transmission device and that is coupled via a third tubular connectingelement to the air intake manifold which leads to an internal combustion engine, and wherein the first tubular connecting element is assigned a first switchable shut-off device and the third tubular connecting element is assigned a second switchableshut-off device, and the first switchable shut-off device and the second switchable shut-off device can be actuated in such a way that, in a first switching position combination, the first switchable shut-off device is closed and the second switchableshut-off device is open, and in a second switching position combination, that the first switchable shut-off device and the second switchable shut-off device are in each case closed, and in a third switching position combination, that the first switchableshut-off device and the second switchable shut-off device are in each case open, and in a fourth switching position combination, that the first switchable shut-off device is open and the second switchable shut-off device is closed.

2. The sound transmission system as claimed in claim 1, wherein the first tubular connecting element and the third tubular connecting element act on the air intake manifold which leads to the internal combustion engine, in each case upstream ofa throttle valve which is assigned to the air intake manifold.

3. The sound transmission system as claimed in claim 1, wherein the first tubular connecting element and the third tubular connecting element act on the air intake manifold which leads to the internal combustion engine, in each case downstreamof an air filter device.

4. The sound transmission system as claimed in claim 1, wherein the first tubular connecting element and the third tubular connecting element act on the air intake manifold which leads to the internal combustion engine, in each caseapproximately at the same axial position of the air intake manifold in relation to a flow direction.

5. The sound transmission system as claimed in claim 4, wherein the first tubular connecting element and the third tubular connecting element act on the air intake manifold which leads to the internal combustion engine, at the axial position ofthe air intake manifold with a relatively high pressure oscillation amplitude in relation to the tuning frequency of the resonator device.

6. The sound transmission system as claimed in claim 4, wherein the first tubular connecting element and the third tubular connecting element act on the air intake manifold at this axial position of the air intake manifold with acircumferential offset.

7. The sound transmission system as claimed in claim 6, wherein the circumferential offset is between 90.degree. and 270.degree..

8. The sound transmission system as claimed in claim 1, wherein the first switching position combination serves to provide a first interior sound level, the second switching position combination serves to provide a second interior sound levelwhich is higher than the first interior sound level, the third switching position combination serves to provide a third interior sound level which is higher than the second interior sound level, and the fourth switching position combination serves toprovide a fourth interior sound level which is higher than the third interior sound level.

9. The sound transmission system as claimed in claim 1, wherein an interior sound in the vehicle interior can be influenced directly or immediately via the intake sound transmission device, and the interior sound can be influenced indirectly ornot immediately via the resonator device.

10. The sound transmission system as claimed in claim 1, wherein the resonator device is a Helmholtz resonator.
Description: CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This U.S. patent application claimed priority to German Patent Application DE 10 2011 051 691.3, filed Jul. 8, 2011, which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The invention relates to a sound transmission system of a motor vehicle, having an intake sound transmission device which can be coupled via a first tubular connecting element to an air intake manifold which leads to an internal combustionengine and via a second tubular connecting element to a vehicle interior.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

DE 103 10 487 A1 has disclosed a sound transmission system of a motor vehicle, in order to set, in an interior of the motor vehicle, a defined sound level to be transmitted from the internal combustion engine into the interior of the motorvehicle. According to DE 103 10 487 A1, the sound transmission system comprises an intake sound transmission device which can be coupled via a first tubular connecting element to an air intake manifold which leads to an internal combustion engine andvia a second tubular connecting element to a vehicle interior of the motor vehicle. DE 103 10 487 A1 discloses, furthermore, assigning a switchable shut-off device to the first tubular connecting element, via which the intake sound transmission devicecan be coupled to the air intake manifold which leads to the internal combustion engine. Here, according to this prior art, the intake sound transmission device is decoupled substantially from the intake sound of the internal combustion engine when theshut-off device is closed, whereas, when the shut-off device is open, the intake sound transmission device is coupled to the intake sound of the internal combustion engine.

SUMMARY

Although an interior sound level can already be set in the interior of the motor vehicle by way of the sound transmission system which is known from the prior art, there is a requirement for a novel sound transmission system, by way of which anovel influencing of the interior sound level is possible.

Proceeding herefrom, the present invention relates to the object of providing a novel sound transmission system. This object is achieved by a sound transmission system of a motor vehicle, having an intake sound transmission device which can becoupled via a first tubular connecting element to an air intake manifold which leads to an internal combustion engine and via a second tubular connecting element to a vehicle interior, characterized by a resonator device which interacts with the intakesound transmission device and can be coupled via a third tubular connecting element to the air intake manifold which leads to an internal combustion engine. The sound transmission system according to aspects of the invention comprises a resonator devicewhich interacts with the intake sound transmission device and can be coupled via a third tubular connecting element to the air intake manifold which leads to an internal combustion engine. As a result of the interaction of the intake sound transmissiondevice and the resonator device, a novel influencing of an interior sound level is possible.

According to aspects of the invention, the first tubular connecting element and the third tubular connecting element act on the air intake manifold which leads to the internal combustion engine, in each case approximately at the same axialposition of the air intake manifold in relation to a flow direction. This ensures optimum interaction of the intake sound transmission device and the resonator device.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Preferred developments of the invention result from the subclaims and the following description. Without being restricted hereto, exemplary embodiments of the invention will be explained in greater detail using the drawing, in which:

FIG. 1 shows a diagrammatic illustration of a sound transmission system together with an internal combustion engine and an air filter.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The present invention relates to a sound transmission system 10 of a motor vehicle.

Defined interior sound levels can be set in an interior of the motor vehicle by way of the sound transmission system 10, in order to impart different sounds which are dependent on an internal combustion engine of the motor vehicle to anoccupant.

The sound transmission system 10 has an intake sound transmission device 11 which can be coupled via a first tubular connecting element 12 to an air intake manifold 13 and via a second tubular connecting element 14 to an interior (not shown) ofthe motor vehicle. The air intake manifold 13 leads from an air filter device 15 to an internal combustion engine 16, namely to an air intake system 17 of the internal combustion engine 16.

The intake sound transmission device 11 is also called a sound symposer and can be constructed as known from DE 103 10 487 A1.

According to FIG. 1, a first switchable shut-off device 18 is assigned to the first tubular connecting element 12, via which the intake sound transmission device 11 can be coupled to the air intake manifold 13. When the first shut-off device 18is open, the intake sound transmission device 11 is coupled to intake sound of the internal combustion engine, namely to intake sound in the air intake manifold 13, whereas, when the first shut-off device 18 is closed, said intake sound transmissiondevice 11 is substantially decoupled from said intake sound.

In addition to the intake sound transmission device 11, the sound transmission system 10 according to aspects of the invention has a resonator device 19 which interacts with the intake sound transmission device 11, the resonator device 19preferably being a Helmholtz resonator.

The resonator device 19 is tuned to a defined frequency which is also called the tuning frequency. Thus, for example, the resonator device 19 can be tuned to a frequency of 240 Hz, in particular when said frequency is excited greatly in adefined rotational speed range of the internal combustion engine by an order of vibration of the latter, for example the third order of engine vibration.

The resonator device 19 can be coupled via a third tubular connecting element 20 to the air intake manifold 13 which leads to the internal combustion engine 16; likewise, the intake sound transmission device 11 can be coupled via the firsttubular connecting element 12. Here, for the function of the resonator device 19, the third tubular connecting element 20 can be tuned with regard to its length and diameter to the volumetric size of the resonator device 19.

The third tubular connecting element 20, via which the resonator device 19 can be coupled to the intake manifold 13, is assigned a second shut-off device 21 which is of switchable configuration, just like the first shut-off device 18 which isassigned to the first tubular connecting element 12.

When the second switchable shut-off device 21 is open, the resonator device 19 is coupled to intake sound in the intake manifold 13, whereas the resonator device 19 is substantially decoupled from intake sound in the intake manifold 13 when thesecond shut-off device 21 is closed.

An interior sound level in the interior of the motor vehicle can be influenced directly or immediately via the intake sound transmission device 11. Via the resonator device 19 which is preferably configured as a Helmholtz resonator, theinterior sound level in the interior of the motor vehicle can be influenced indirectly or not immediately via the intake sound transmission device 11.

The two switchable shut-off devices 18 and 21, namely the first shut-off device 18 which interacts with the intake sound transmission device 11 and the second shut-off device 21 which interacts with the resonator device 19, can be actuated andtherefore switched in such a way that, in a first switching position combination, the first switchable shut-off device 18 is closed and the second switchable shut-off device 21 is open.

In the first switching position combination, accordingly, the intake sound transmission device 11 is substantially decoupled from the intake sound in the intake manifold 13 when the shut-off device 18 is closed, whereas the resonator device 19is coupled to the intake sound in the intake manifold 13 when the second shut-off device 21 is open. In this case, the coupled resonator device 19 reduces the interior sound.

In a second switching position combination, both the first switchable shut-off device 18 and the second switchable shut-off device 21 are closed, both the intake sound transmission device 11 and the resonator device 19 then being substantiallydecoupled from the intake sound in the intake manifold 13.

In a third switching position combination, both switchable shut-off devices 18 and 21 are open, with the result that both the intake sound transmission device 11 and the resonator device 19 are then coupled to intake sound in the intake manifold13.

In a fourth switching position combination, in which the first switchable shut-off device 18 is open and the second switchable shut-off device 21 is closed, the intake sound transmission device 11 is coupled to the intake sound in the intakemanifold 13, whereas the resonator device 19 is substantially decoupled from said intake sound in the intake manifold 13.

The above four switching position combinations of the two switchable shut-off devices 18 and 21 are summarized in the following table:

TABLE-US-00001 Switchable shut-off device Switchable shut-off Switching 18 of the intake sound device 21 of the position transmission device 11 resonator device 19 combination OPEN CLOSED OPEN CLOSED 1 X X 2 X X 3 X X 4 X X

The above first switching position combination, in which the first shut-off device 18 is closed and the second shut-off device 21 is open, serves to provide a first, relatively quiet interior sound level in the interior (not shown) of the motorvehicle, it being possible for said first interior sound level to be called a comfort sound level.

The above second switching position combination, in which both shut-off devices 18, 21 are closed, serves to provide a second interior sound level which is higher than the first interior sound level, it being possible for the second interiorsound level to be called an intermediate sound level.

The above third switching position combination, in which both shut-off elements 18, 21 are open, serves to provide a third interior sound level which is higher than the second interior sound level and is therefore also higher than the firstinterior sound level, it also being possible for said third interior sound level to be called a sport sound level.

The above fourth switching position combination, in which the first shut-off device 18 is open and the second shut-off device 21 is closed, serves to provide a fourth interior sound level which is higher than the third interior sound level andis therefore also higher than the second and first interior sound levels, it also being possible for said fourth interior sound level to be called a racing interior sound level.

The two switchable shut-off devices 18, 21 are preferably configured as flaps which can be transferred between an open flap position and a closed flap position independently of one another.

As has already been described above, the first tubular connecting element 12, via which the intake sound transmission device 11 can be coupled to the air intake manifold 13, and the third tubular connecting element 20, via which the resonatordevice 19 can be coupled to the intake manifold 13, in each case act on the air intake manifold 13 which leads from the air filter device 15 to the internal combustion engine 16, namely to the air intake system 17 of the internal combustion engine 16,namely downstream of the air filter device 15 and upstream of a throttle valve 22 which is assigned to the air intake manifold 13. As can be gathered from FIG. 1, the first tubular connecting element 12 and the third tubular connecting element 20 acthere on the air intake manifold 13, at an identical axial position in relation to a throughflow direction 23 of the air intake manifold 13.

The axial position, at which the first tubular connecting element 12 and the third tubular connecting element 20 act on the air intake manifold 13, is distinguished by a relatively high, preferably maximum, pressure oscillation amplitude inrelation to the tuning frequency of the resonator device 19.

The first tubular connecting element 12 and the third tubular connecting element 20 act on the air intake manifold 13 at this axial position of the air intake manifold 13 with a circumferential offset which is, in particular, between 90.degree. and 270.degree..

The present invention relates to a sound transmission system of a motor vehicle, having an intake sound transmission device 11 and a resonator device 19. The intake sound transmission device 11 can be coupled to the air intake manifold 13 via afirst tubular connecting element 12, whereas the resonator device 19 can be coupled to the air intake manifold 13 via a third tubular connecting element 20. The intake sound transmission device 11 can be coupled to the interior of the motor vehicle viaa second tubular connecting element 14.

Both the intake sound transmission device 11 and the resonator device 19 are in each case assigned a switchable shut-off device 18 and 21, respectively, the shut-off device 18 which is assigned to the intake sound transmission device 11 beingassigned to the first tubular connecting element 12, and the shut-off device 21 which is assigned to the resonator device 19 being assigned to the third tubular connecting element 20. Said shut-off devices 18, 21 are preferably configured as switchableflaps, it being possible for a different interior sound level to be set in the vehicle interior of the motor vehicle depending on the switching position of said flaps and, accordingly, depending on a switching position combination of said flaps.

TABLE-US-00002 List of Reference Numerals 10 Sound transmission system 11 Intake sound transmission device 12 Connecting element 13 Intake manifold 14 Connecting element 15 Air filter device 16 Internal combustion engine 17 Intake system 18Shut-off device 19 Resonator device 20 Connecting element 21 Shut-off device 22 Throttle valve 23 Flow direction

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